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>> mgts some of the other stories with wre following tonight. >> two missionaries charged with kidnapping in haiti appeared in court today. laura silsby and coulter will we main behind bars. officials want to know why they traveled to haiti on an earlier trip. and a federal judge threw the book on bernard kerik today. four years in prison. the judge was incensed that he used the 9/11 attacks for personal gain. he pled guilty to lying to the white house in his nomination for the second of homeland security back in 2004. toyota's president said it could take a formal invitation to get him before congress and now he has one. the house oversight and
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government reform committee has asked akio toyoda to come been the house. and talk about raising a stink. a man was kicked off a flight in canada because he smelled bad. one described the odor as brutal. ander sop, they could don't into details for privacy reasons. >> how bad do you have to smell to get taken off a plane? yikes? that's it for "360." larry king starts now. >> larry: tonight, the whole world's waiting. tiger woods will finally speak out about sex scandal and being sorry in less than 24 hours. can his reputation and marriage be saved? and then, disgraced tour de france winner floyd landis,
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stripped of his title, now a wanted man. here for his first interview since a warrant has been issued for his arrest. plus, priscilla presley and "viva elvis." ♪ we can't go wrong together >> larry: we have a sneak peek of the vegas spectacular that opens tomorrow. ♪ and we can build our dreams on suspicious minds ♪ >> larry: next on "larry king live." and later quentin tarantino will join us. by the way, it's the event we've all been waiting for. tiger woods will break his silence tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern at pga tour headquarters in florida. it's his first public statement since acknowledging he cheated on his wife. the former sports caster pat
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o'brien is with us to talk about it. jim gray, correspondent for the golf channel. and donny deutsch, chairman of deutsche inc. a multibillion dollar marketing communication company is also here. first, let's check in quickly with cnn's susan candiotti in florida with the latest. how are preparations going for the event, susan? >> reporter: well, they seem to be going well. larry, i know there are media here but perhaps not as many as i thought there might be. at this hour they are prepared inside that ballroom behind me, but that's just going to be a place where the reporters are going to be watching from a distance. we will only be seeing tiger woods via closed-circuit television. a mile down the road from here at the sawgrass is the pga clubhouse. behind a secure gate. and that is where tiger is going to be making his expected apology before a camera. and in front of some close
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friends and associates. with only some pool reporters there to give us a color report on what was happening in the room at the time. so what i see is what you are going to be able to see on television. tiger at a distance. >> larry: thanks, susan. susan candiotti will be checking in with us tomorrow night. jim gray in tucson. donny deutsch in new york. pat o'brien here. a statement on woods' website today read, while tiger feels what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife he also recognizes that he hurt and let down people close to him, also let down his fans and wants to begin to the process of makes amends and that's what he is going to do by discussing it there tomorrow. what do you make of this, pat? >> larry, nice to see you again. you know, he might as well have done this on youtube, because if he's going to limit it to his friends and people and have a prepared statement, i heard somebody say today it's not a conference, it's a press, but not a conference because there's no talking. but, you know, go on youtube and do it if you're going to do it
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this way. i think that michael vick had the formula for this when we came back. he stood in front of the cameras, he answered questions. he was contrite. you could see the look on his face. he threw away his script and went from his heart. i don't think tiger owes anybody any kind of an apology, by the way, except his family and maybe a blanket apology, i'm sorry if i embarrassed my fans. but, you know, i think we might be making too big a deal out of this. i think he made a big deal out of it by waiting 70 days. >> larry: jim gray in tucson, arizona, he's at the big match play tournament there. you're looking at new photos taken today, by the way, of tiger woods. jim, what do you make of this decision and the way they're doing it? >> well, i think it's good that he's finally having something to say instead of releasing another statement on his website. at least we will be able to see him. he has not been seen other than a picture that was taken reportedly by "the national enquirer" when he was reportedly
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in rehab in mississippi for sexual addiction. so i think it's good he comes out and shows his face and good he's going to have something to say. it's going to be hard to say exactly what it is because it's all speculation now, so i guess we're going to have to reserve judgment until we hear what he has to say. in and of itself, he's coming back in the public, i think this is going to be a personal statement tomorrow that may not require questions being asked. i don't think he's at the place that may take place. they may come down the line. i'm not certain of that. i think what this might be is something that addresses those the closest to him and why they have been invited. >> larry: donny deutsch, you know a lot about marketing. what do you make of this move? >> i actually think it's a great move. i disagree with pat. i usually agree with pat about a lot of things. i think by opening up the questions all you'd be doing -- the questions would be what about this woman, what about this woman and continue this sort of thing. what he will get on and do is say, i am sorry. i let my family down. i let my wife down. i let my children down.
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i'm a flawed human being. i don't use it as an excuse but i'm working on that. i'm getting the help i need. i am going to put all of my heart and soul into mending my family together. i apologize to my fans. it will be effective if it seems genuine. recently we saw the president of toyota do a 40-degree bow. a lot of people said, where's the 90-degree bow? tiger needs the 90-degree bow. we have got to feel genuine, genuine contrition. we're a forgiving society. i think he'll say this and i hope he doesn't hide behind the sex addiction thing in terms of -- obviously he has issues. he's working on whatever he needs to work on. he's going to probably announce when he'll play golf again. >> larry: that's all we can do is purely speculate which is what that is. pat, you you want to comment? >> i usually agree with everything donnie says. i caddie for jim gray. there are other questions here. donny, jim and larry. there was a police report,
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hospital visit 70 days ago, allegations about this canadian doctor involved with hormone growth. was he involved in that or not? yes or no? i don't think i agree with donnie. i don't think you have to go to this woman, the perkins' waitress and that sort of thing. that's his own business. by the way thanks is nobody's business. i do think he has to subject himself to some sort of question and answer at some point otherwise people -- it's already a disaster. if you listen to sports talk radio today, he's just getting -- ripped to shreds. >> larry: how can they -- hold it, david. hold it, david. >> i'm sorry. >> larry: jim, yesterday the pga tour commissioner said that tiger woods is still in rehab. commissioner said, i don't know what his plans are in terms of what he's going to say. i don't know what he's going to go after he finishes his rehab. that's the first acknowledgement he's in rehab, isn't it? >> it's the first that's an acknowledgement from somebody who might know. we haven't gotten that from tiger woods or from his camp.
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the pga commissioner you would think would know. i don't know that he necessarily knows exactly because when i interviewed him yesterday on the golf channel as part of our telecast he said he didn't know what tiger would say. and that he had not spoke ton tiger. i believe tiger is going to come out tomorrow and say he's going to continue his rehabilitation. i think what he wants to do is try and repair if he can whatever he has left of his family and his relationship with his wife. that could be a very difficult task and it's going to take quite a bit of time. i believe that will be what his focus is and probably what he will say to all of us tomorrow. >> larry: we'll pick up with donny deutsch in a moment. tiger lost endorsements in the past few months. will sponsors come back after tomorrow? who knows. that's next. . even better nutrition -- high in vitamins d, e, and b12. a good source of vitamin a and b2. plus omega 3's. and, 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. but there's one important ingredient that hasn't changed:
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>> larry: early pictures of tigers were released, by the way, to getty images which prevented paparazzi from
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supposedly getting the million-dollar shot of him. you wanted to comment, donny. was that a good move releasing those pictures? >> clearly. it takes the sensationalism out of it. it puts the paparazzi at bay. the point i was making before about answering questions. david letterman came out, did it his way, didn't answer anybody's questions. put it behind him. i think that's a formula. as far as the endorsers, it's interesting that nike hasn't gone any where. gillette hasn't gone any where. the male-oriented sponsors haven't gone anywhere nor will they. tiger woods is going to still be the million-dollar empire he is and strangely enough be bigger than ever. this is the crazy world we live in. when he comes back, the masters, the highest-rated tournament ever. hopefully he wins, it's triumphant, the wife hugs him, there's a great ending to this trashy tale. >> larry: do you see that happening? >> i absolutely agree on that.
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i think for everybody who leaves him on the endorsement side, they'll be standing in line on the other side. tiger woods is the best athlete in the world and commands the entire media right now. tomorrow, you'll be on this tomorrow i'm sure. tomorrow i know espn is running it all day long. they already said we're going to have all day tiger. you know, i agree with donny, too. he could come back bigger than ever. >> larry: do you think he was being spiteful, jim, in holding this press thing tomorrow at the same time the accenture tournament is under way which dropped him? >> well, his agent mark steinberg says, no, there is a pending reason and a deadline as to why he had to do this. ernie shells, a former number one player in the world, some players in tucson are upset with the whole thing. rory mcillroy, one of the fine young players, top ten player in the world. young man 20 years old from ireland said he's tired of the whole thing, sick of it, hopes tiger comes out and can put this behind him.
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it's really difficult to say just exactly if he did it out of spite, larry, or if he was doing it because he has this impending deadline. i do want to tell you this. we were given this news that the golf writer's association who had three seats in the room tomorrow with tiger to listen to this along with the wire service, three people from each wire service and one pool camera, well the golf writers have pulled out. they will be boycotting the session. they do not like the premise and do not like the fact they will not be able to ask questions. >> larry: jim always breaks news. if there's something happening jim gray breaks it. jim and our guest will be back tomorrow night, too, along with many others. you want to comment on that, pat? >> i want to see jim gray in there get to tiger. like pete rose at the all-star game. >> larry: what do you make of that, donny? >> those golf writers, there's an irony here. they are -- get paid more and, jim, obviously you cover this beat. golf has never been bigger because of tiger. be careful of biting the hand
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that feeds you. i find that a little strange they're boycotting. does that mean they are going to start writing about him also? golf needs tiger woods. they should understand that. >> larry: don't you think, pat, they're being treated like props tomorrow and they don't want to be a prop? if they can't ask a question, what are they doing there? >> if you consider yourself a journalist, why would you even go if you were told not to show up, not to ask questions? that's ridiculous. >> larry: would you go? >> not if i couldn't ask a question, no. >> pat's exactly right, larry. pat's exactly right, larry. if you can't ask a question -- >> larry: would you go? >> no, i wouldn't go. i'd like to go. i'd like to be able to go and ask tiger woods questions. i would be respectful in asking him those questions. there's a responsibility and obligation. he may not owe the world answers to his sex life. i don't think the type of journalist that would be asking him these questions are interested in his sex life. there's a whole lot more that goes along with it, the responsibility to the game.
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>> the whole thing is about his sex life. >> the damage that he has done to the game, donny, and the people who have -- >> jim, come on. >> -- and the people who been affected by this. sit back there and say whatever you want to say. >> what answers does he owe to the golfing community? i'm missing that. he owes playing golf. the fact he was an unfaithful husband, how has he let down the golfing community? i mean -- this is all -- >> donny, unlike -- >> larry: guys -- i got to move to other topics. >> this is a game known for honor and loyalty and dignity. >> larry: these guests will be back tomorrow. >> he owes these people some answers. thank you, larry. >> larry: if you like what you've seen so far, wait until you see tomorrow. >> i'm sure there's no unfaithful husbands in the country clubs. >> larry: we're doing a whole hour tomorrow. next, first he was stripped of his tour de france win, now he's a wanted man in france. what's going on? cyclist floyd landis is here. we have the exclusive next. but only one can do it while driving on electricity. the gmc sierra hybrid. the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the road. may the best truck win.
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>> larry: what does this mean, you can't go to france? if you go to france you'll be arrested? >> i don't really know all that much about what's going on. i know mostly what everyone else has read in the press. just to be really clear about a couple things i think have been misreported, for one thing, at no time, i mean, from the outside of this case we spent hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars just trying to get access to the documents from this lab. at no time during any of these hearings did we ever use any document that wasn't provided to us from the lab. >> larry: you never tapped into a computer illegally? >> i wouldn't know how to do that first of all. secondly, there's been an assertion by the lab director that some point in these hearings we somehow used some documents we obtained in some other way in my defense. and that is just -- that is not true. >> larry: you're completely denying it? >> that's on the record. that's the one thing about -- some of these things i can't speak to because i don't know. i do know on the record in these hearings is the fact we never used anything like that.
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>> larry: arne baker is your co-cycling colleague, right? also under indictment, right? there's a warrant out for him, too. >> these big words, warrants and indictments, i don't know anything about that. >> larry: we asked the french anti-doping agency to comment on the story. we were told that the president does not want to answer questions about a case now before french justice. we were given this statement which we strans lated, on november 7th, 2006, afld filed a complaint for hacking into the computer system of the national anti-dope laboratory. the judge who is handling this complaint has summoned floyd landis to this day has not complied to him. afld has no comments on this case until a verdict has been reached. why haven't you relied? >> i have never been contacted. >> larry: never been contacted? >> no. >> larry: you're replying saying you never did anti-doping. >> i didn't do hacking.
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>> larry: you deny doping too, right? >> absolutely, yes. >> larry: so you're denying everything here. >> absolutely. >> larry: what's your position on this, dr. kay? >> i think there's a number of things. i mean, it's crazy that he's never been served a warrant. that he's never been notified. yet, at the same time this lab director is stating that he is under indictment and the other, you know, big issue is that floyd was the first athlete to ever make his anti-doping case public. all these documents are out there. everything that we obtained through discovery, through the u.s. anti-doping association is everything we used to the trial and everything we presented in a public format and it's all still out there. still out there for everyone to see. when you go through all the documents used in the trial and otherwise you'll find that everything was provided to us. >> larry: what do you make of these charges? >> i think it's a means for them
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to go after dr. baker who did a tremendous amount of work in floyd's defense. it's another means to try to make floyd look bad. particularly in light of the fact that their star witness this week was convicted of drug trafficking. the star witness that they used to testify against floyd in his hearing was convicted in federal court this week of drug trafficking. this is the person that they used, you know, to say that floyd utilized these different products during the tour de france. >> larry: simply put, floyd, why don't you go to paris, answer the warrant? have you received the warrant? >> that's what i'm trying to tell you. i haven't received it. >> larry: you haven't received anything? >> no. >> larry: if you received it would you go? >> i'd have to see what it says. from what i can figure out by reading what i see in the press, it's a warrant for a failure to appear in the first place. i was never told to appear in the first place. i would be glad to answer questions.
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i don't know that i will be able to pay for myself to go to france for a week. >> larry: tonight you flatly deny one, ever doping, right, and two ever tapping into a computer. which you would not know how to do. >> sorry, i shouldn't laugh. but -- >> i can tell you for sure he couldn't do that. >> larry: i couldn't. so that's what he's apparently charged with, right? >> that's what's in the press. >> larry: the title was taken away? >> it was taken away by the very lab making these allegations. it's odd to me, again, larry, more so now having read the statement they made to you. the reason the story is out here in the first place is because of an assertion made by the very lab which says they don't have a comment. they started the story and do not want to comment on it. i'm here to defend myself and i'm put in a position to defend myself. >> larry: we're going to have you back. thanks. if you go to france we'll tag along, too. dr. kay, thanks for coming by. priscilla presley and "viva elvis" next. ♪ viva las vegas viva las vegas ♪
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♪ viva las vegas ♪ viva, viva las vegas >> larry: cirque du soleil's newest las vegas show, "viva elvis," has its official premiere tomorrow night at the aria hotel and casino.
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actress, entrepreneur and former wife of the late elvis presley, mother of his only child, lisa marie. here to tell us all about it. welcome back to "larry king live." priscilla presley, i have in front of me the program for this show. you have been part of -- what part do you play in this? >> elvis presley enterprises are partners in this venture with cirque du soleil. so, of course, we've been -- it's been three years in the making. >> larry: is this similar to the love show about the beatles? what is at the -- what hotel is that at? >> oh, gosh. >> larry: the mirage. which we went to for that show. we'll go see this one next. >> that's good. no, it's very different. i think, you know, cirque prides themselves on shows they do that it's unique and different in their own way. this is unlike any of the shows they've ever done. it's quite spectacular. >> larry: someone told me it's much like a broadway presentation. >> well, you know, cirque is very unpredictable.
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i think you have a little of everything in this show. it's quite a presentation. i think, you know, when you go, if you're a cirque fan or you're an elvis fan or if you're a vegas fan i think it really has something for everyone. >> larry: do we see shots of elvis on the screen? >> yes, you do. >> larry: do we see people acting out songs that he sings? >> you see -- you see a nice representation. i mean, it definitely is cirque's tribute to elvis. it's, like i said, it has a lot of everything. i can't imagine someone watching the show and not being entertained. it is very vegas in entertainment kind of -- >> larry: what's the hotel like, by the way? >> it's beautiful. >> larry: it's in the citycenter. >> it's in citycenter. i haven't seen the hotel, myself, because i've been going to the theater, but stayed in the rooms.
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rooms are very nice. >> larry: i heard a lot about it. the cirque du soleil team and the aria resort gave "larry king live" a special behind the scenes look at "viva elvis." check this out. ♪ one for the money, two for the show ♪ >> we're in the "viva elvis" theater, one of the more spectacular theaters in las vegas. on a grand scale just like elvis would have wanted it. >> we have 75 artists in the show. 100 technicians it takes the pull off the show every night. how can you do an elvis presley show without a blue suede shoe? ♪ going to a party at the county jail ♪ there's as much activity happening backstage on this show as there is onstage in the show. for our act "jailhouse rock" people are dancing on the levels. all of a sudden we flip underneath so we're dancing upsidedown at the same time. over a 90,000 pound piece almost 4 stories tall takes the iconic
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"jailhouse rock" we know from the movie and puts it on stage. >> within the first 15 minutes of the show there's over 115 quick changes. we have more costumes in this production right now than any other shows. >> elvis had a career that spanned a lot of different genre. music, rock 'n' roll, western sections, romance sections, gospel sections. >> he changed the world. i think if elvis would be able to see what we have done here he would absolutely love it. >> larry: makes you want to go. priscilla, what part did you play in the production? did you have a lot of input? >> not in the production part. definitely going to see the show. having some inputs. i think some suggestions, obviously. begin, you know, cirque du soleil, folks, they have a very unique way of operating. you know, they know -- >> larry: it's their baby, right?
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>> it's their baby, absolutely. they've done many of these shows. i believe there's 20 shows worldwide all over. sometimes you don't want to tamper with what they know, but we've definitely had, you know, some say. the first time we saw it, december, was pretty much a work in progress and we've seen it evolve more and more each time we've gone. >> larry: think elvis would have liked it? >> i knew you were going to ask me that question. >> larry: i didn't know i was going to ask it. >> you know, i think it's probably one of the first things. elvis loved entertainment. >> larry: he loved vegas. >> he loved vegas. he loved all forms of entertainment. i remember going to a show he loved, the famous show in the very early '60s. the two of them dancing. he loved to watch dance numbers. i can't imagine him, you know, not being, feeling honored that
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a whole show has been, you know, produced just for him. >> larry: by the way, we have an expanded look at "viva elvis" behind the scenes. it's on our website, go to check it out. don't be cruel. stick around for more with priscilla presley and "viva elvis" next. we could not have done this show without the help of many. a special shout-out to warning brothers home video, sony music, aria casino. and last but not least, the incredible cirque du soleil. we thank you one and all. e'll be into the world in seattle. later today, she'll help an accident victim in kansas. how can one nurse be in all these places? through the nurses she taught in this place. johnson & johnson knows, behind every nurse who touches a life... there's a nurse educator... who first touched them. ♪ you're a nurse ♪ you make a difference
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>> threw a party at the county jail ♪ ♪ should have heard that jailbird sing ♪ ♪ let's rock everybody let's rock ♪ >> larry: we're back with priscilla presley. do they show that movie scene in elvis in the cirque du soleil presentation? >> he's the star of the show. >> larry: are there other movie clips? >> there is. >> larry: lots of clips of him? >> yes, he's the star, and i think, you know, you see a lot of very famous clips. you see probably footage that you've never seen before. a lot of news -- >> larry: what's the theater like? >> theater is beautiful. it holds 1,800 people. very intimate. i walked on the stage and looked out. the stage is quite large. you get a different perspective. if you go on the stage looking out into the arena it's very -- the colors are warm.
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i think you could sit there all night. >> larry: needless to say the sound system must be terrific. >> yes, of course. absolutely. >> larry: i were married in las vegas, weren't you? >> we were. at the aladdin hotel. no longer there, though. >> larry: what do you feel every time you go back? >> deja vu. a lot of great memories. you know, he took me the very first time i came out to visit. that was -- he had a love affair with las vegas. that was well known. i went there at a very young age and played blackjack and counted on my fingers making sure i had the right number. >> larry: he finished the hilton engagement right after he died. wasn't that soon after he died? >> he was just getting ready to go out on tour. >> larry: lisa marie, your daughter, seen the show? >> yes. absolutely. >> larry: what does she think? >> when she saw it it was a work in progress. she saw it in december. it wug still -- it wasn't finished. she hasn't seen the finished product yet. she had another commitment and wasn't able to make it. she'll be seeing the show very shortly. >> larry: there were rumors it
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wasn't doing well. was that premature of people to go see a work in progress and comment on it? >> it is. it is. because like any show, you know, you have to tweak it, get a feel for it. you know, it was a little late, about a month late, actually, coming in and working on the stage. so i feel that, you know, it probably was a little premature. the area opened. the hotel. i think they had a soft opening there. again, a work in progress and it's come a long way. >> larry: are you nervous? >> i'm very nervous. >> larry: where are you going to be while the show is on? >> i'll be sitting right there watching it with -- >> larry: in the audience. not backstage? sit out there with the crowd? >> where will i be? what do you mean. >> larry: you, personally. >> where will i be in my head? >> larry: physically. >> probably sitting in the middle. >> larry: people get nervous, sometimes they don't like to sit in an audience watching a show they feel a part of. >> for me, i like to watch what the audience reaction, see their faces. you know, see kind of what they're feeling.
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>> larry: is lisa marie going? >> tomorrow night? >> larry: yeah. >> she won't be able to make it tomorrow night. the show changed its dates a few times. she was committed and wasn't able to get out of it. she's going and looking forward to it. >> larry: so am i. we'll be back with more priscilla presley. the show, of course, is "viva elvis" and it opens tomorrow night in las vegas. don't go away. ♪ viva las vegas ♪ viva, viva las vegas s my car! where are you?! arghhh... (announcer) dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles give you outrageous comfort, all-day-guaranteed. woah. it's not too far... (announcer) are you gellin'? dr. scholl's.
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♪ wise men say only fools rush in ♪ ♪ but i can't help falling in love ♪ >> larry: it's hard to believe. we're back with priscilla presley. as always we want to thank elvis presley enterprises for helping us out tonight. he'd have been 75. can you picture elvis 75? >> no. it's hard to believe. i mean, you know, he's still -- he was like a kid. you know, he had a wonderful spirit of play and you just never saw him -- >> larry: he couldn't age. no. he'd be doing specials for aarp, 75 years old. by the way, grandma -- >> thank you very much.
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>> larry: you have twin daughter -- twin granddaughters. >> yes. >> larry: how is lisa marie doing? how are they doing? >> doing great. they're the love of our lives. we've been captivated by them. they're so cute. watching them grow and walk around. i'm still in shock of how little they are. they have such complete control of their little bodies. >> larry: how old are they now? >> they're a little over, what, about 15 months. around 15 months. >> larry: did the michael jackson, that whole thing hit you hard? >> i know it hit lisa very hard. >> larry: it did? >> it did. it hit her very hard. >> larry: they remained friends? >> yes, they did. they remained friends. >> larry: how's your life? you're running -- we were out at graceland a couple years. had a great time. that was a great show. >> yes, it was a good show. >> larry: are you doing well? >> thank you, i am doing well. it's been busy but it's good. >> larry: no matter what you have in your life, right,
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relationships, success, no matter what you do, you're always elvis' wife. right? you can't shake that. didn't change the name. >> no. no. no. but, you know, it's been -- it's been really good. i think that just the mere fact, you know, that we were able to, you know, bring elvis to grace -- i mean, to vegas and the legacy still goes on, it's very rewarding for all of us involved. >> larry: is the show very vegas? you know what that means. >> i think -- i think it will be a nice surprise for people. again, you can make it pretty much what you want, but you'll definitely be entertained and it's -- it is vegas. what can i say. it is vegas. >> larry: we're going to meet people associated with the cast. associated with cirque du soleil. they'll join priscilla. still to come, quentin tarantino. we'll be back. depression is a serious medical condition
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>> at the top of the hour we're looking at joseph stack by all accounts, friends and associates we wasn't capable of writing an online rant, setting his house on fire. flying a plane into a building. he allegedly do that today. what drove him? also a look at iran's nuclear ambitions. cnn obtained a draft cope of the u.n. watch dog's upcoming report. it's scary stuff. says iran may be working on a nuclear warhead. the u.s. options for dealing with iran. 11 alleged killers caught on tape. mounting evidence the surveillance tape shows an assassination killed out by ma saud's israel agency. the alleged hit squad may have stolen passports. israel is not confirming or denying the report. the diplomatic fallout just ahead. all that, larry, at the top of the hour. >> larry: that's anderson
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cooper, 10:00 eastern, 7:00 p.m. pacific. coming to you here in los angeles. priscilla presley remains with us. joining us from las vegas, armand thomas, director of creation for cirque du soleil's "viva elvis" and stephan monju, executive professor of "viva elvis." armand, were you a fan of elvis presley? >> i'm afraid i didn't really know his music well before i joined. i certainly am now. i feel like i went to elvis university over the last three years and can talk your ears off about his life and music if we had the time. >> reporter: stephan, what about you? >> i was a huge fan of elvis. in my early age, i remember high school we used to listen to elvis as we were listening to the beatles as well. my mom and dad always listening always to elvis. >> larry: what was the tough part about putting this together, armand? >> well, we always knew the expectation was enormous and we had the legacy to uphold. the hardest part really is not
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to have elvis actually with us, obviously. so our main focus was to represent him in everything that we did to connect the show with elvis' presence whether it be his voice or his image or actually, you know, right down to set elements, colors. priscilla helped us enormously in understanding elvis and to do a show like this it's inescapable that you first have to know who the man really was before creating a show like this. >> larry: priscilla, what was it like working with them? enchts. >> oh, my goodness. well, you know, it was good. it was a, you know, we had our ups and downs. only in that, you know, i know elvis very well, the family knows elvis very well, obviously. so you want the interpretation to come across clear and i think
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that, you know, we have -- we're so close to it. we obviously have expectations and it's trying to get it translated and that's probably the most difficult. >> larry: stephan, was priscilla easy to work with or tough? >> she was easy to work with. she was nice. every time we had the tonight to have her with us it was always very, very nice and very helpful for us. >> larry: stephan, are your expectations high? there were so many stories about this show. and the "time" magazine review was sensational last week. are your expectations high for a successful run? >> of course the expectations were very high and are very high. we're very glad where the show is right now, as priscilla said, it's a work in progress. all of our creations are a process. this one was particularly difficult because it is a show
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with elvis, but without having him present live with us. he's an important icon and important entertainer, so the expectations are very, very high. we believe that we got the right show and we hope everyone will to glad to see and will be entertained like elvis used to entertain las vegas. >> armand, what do you think the audience will take away from this show? >> i hope they take away a better understanding of why he is the phenomenon he is and always will be. i hope we're able to introduce not only elvis as being the musical icon but also who he was as a man. we touch on several elements of his life and the sentiments that influenced his music. certainly when people walk out of the theater, our biggest success will be for them having
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understood why he is timeless and so relevant today. >> larry: do you think, priscilla, we'll come out knowing elvis or knowing him more? >> well, i know you will definitely come out liking him an awful lot and i think it's great for people who didn't know him to know how big of an impact he created on not just us, you know, in the u.s. but all over the world. >> larry: honestly, i never heard a bad word about him. thanks for being here, priscilla. thank you, armand, stephan. the show opens up tomorrow night in las vegas at the aria hotel. it's "viva elvis." oscar-nominated director quentin tarantino is here. he's going to tell us why brad pitt had to be in "inglorious basterds." that's next. that's peace of mind for every size family. chevy... may the best car win.
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>> larry: we welcome to "larry king live," return visit with one of my favorite people, quentin tarantino, award-winning director and screen writer, his film "inglorious basterds." nominated for eight academy awards, including best director, best original screen play. it opens with the line, once upon a time in nazi occupied france. it's ferociously funny. being described as a jewish revenge fantasy. here is a sample. >> my name is lieutenant dorain. i'm putting together a special team. i need me eight soldiers.
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eight jewish american soldiers. you all might have heard rumors happening soon. we'll be leaving a little earlier. we're going to be dropped into france dressed as civilians. once we're in enemy territory, as a bush whacking guerilla army, we're going to be doing one thing and one thing only. killing nazis. sound good? >> yes, sir! >> larry: none of this is true. it's brilliantly written, especially one of the scenes when the whole world dies. one jew dies in the film. one jew. >> one. >> larry: one dies in the making of this movie. are you surprised at the response you've gotten? this is your most successful movie. >> it is, actually, by $100 million. it didn't come completely out of the blue. we actually hoped it would do really well. we had wonderful expectations,
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but, you know, how often are wonderful expectations realized? yeah, we hoped it would do this and actually the fact it did it and did it in a bigger way than i thought, is ridiculously gratifying. >> larry: there is nothing out mat nick hollywood. in "inglorious basterds," christoph waltz will win the best actor. you might as well mail it to him. how did you find him? >> that situation, it was literally the perfect example of the casting process working exactly as it should. when i wrote the character i was aware enough i had written the character that was one of the best i'd ever written. i truly didn't know anybody who could play it because i knew whoever had to play it had to be of german or austrian decent, real. not grow up in america and their parents were that. they had to actually be from there and actually had to be able to do the dialogue in all three, if not four different languages the movie has and bring the poetry out of each of them. >> larry: where did you find
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him? >> literally walked through the door of the casting office. he's a well-known respected actor. mostly for german television and miniseries in germany. when he walked -- that's what you -- when you write a piece, especially writing character pieces, you're hoping what you're throwing up to the gods is that the person that you wrote will walk through the door. so far someone has always walked through the door for me. i was really testing it, testing that luck when i wrote londa. it came through. >> larry: brad pitt didn't have to walk through the door. did he sign on right away? >> he was the first person after myself to sign on. >> larry: really? >> yeah. i actually -- i knew he wanted to work with me and i wanted to work with him. we kind of had this mutual crush affair as far as artists were concerned. just waiting for the right role where it will be perfect. three weeks before i was finished -- maybe four weeks before i was finished with the script, i said, hey, this is probably the one. i just let word be known i do


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